Lensbaby Spark 2.0 review

The Lensbaby Spark 2.0 is an uber cheap, ultra creative tilt-shift lens that puts the fun back in photography

5 Star Rating
Lensbaby Spark 2.0 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Creative art lenses aren't everyone's cup of tea, but the Lensbaby Spark 2.0 is both a joy to use and produces creative in-camera results. The ultra-stylized look can be subtle or dialed up to 11, depending on what you're shooting, and the effect is nigh impossible to replicate in post production. It's not just the images themselves, either; the physical focusing mechanism makes taking photos with the Spark 2.0 a tangibly fun experience, and you find yourself taking more pictures simply because it's joyous to do so.


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    Striking, unique effects

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    Genuinely fun to shoot with

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    Other optics (lenses) can be used


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    Everything is manual

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    Focusing can be a challenge

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The Lensbaby Spark 2.0 is an update to the much loved original, released in 2012. Like the first version the 2.0 is a fully flexible, fully manual tilt-shift lens that creates a "sweet spot" of focus surrounded by soft, out-of-focus smears and streaks. 

It produces an incredibly distinct, dynamic and unique look, which is almost impossible to duplicate with editing in post-production. While the Lensbaby Spark 2.0 isn't going to suit every situation, it is something that will certainly appeal to creative shooters interested in narrative imagery, portraiture, and may even appeal to wedding and events photographers for capturing those ethereal money shots.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.